Dishwasher detergents

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Dishwasher detergents

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Classic Lemon Sparkle Dishwashing Powder

score

43

Avg price

$7.99

Member Reviews

    This powder dishwasher detergent performs poorly overall but only costs 20¢ per wash. It's OK at removing minced-meat stains, but it's just OK at removing egg-yolk, red wine and coffee stains, poor at removing baked-on cheese stains and extremely poor at removing rice stains.

    Test results

    • 54
      Egg yolk
    • 12
      Rice starch
    • 35
      Baked-on cheese
    • 50
      Red wine
    • 52
      Coffee

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    Good points

    • OK at removing minced-meat stains.

    Bad points

    • Just OK at removing egg-yolk stains.
    • Extremely poor at removing rice stains.
    • Poor at removing baked-on cheese stains.
    • Just OK at removing red wine stains.
    • Just OK at removing coffee stains.

    How we test

    Overall score is the average of 6 scores for stain removal.

    We test in a controlled lab environment using plates that are pre-stained. We get the plates from the same company that supplies consumer organisations and dishwasher manufacturers globally. We set the dishwasher to a standard cycle at 60°C and test each detergent 4 times. To see how well the detergents have cleaned the plates, we measure the reflectance with a spectrophotometer before and after cleaning.

    Extra test results

    • Minced meat

      5.7

    Model

    • Avg price

      $7.99

    • Type

      Powder

    • Pack size

      1000g

    • Cost per load

      20c

    Specifications

    • Washes per pack

      40

    • pH

      11.2

    • Origin

      Poland

    Features

    • Dissolvable wrapper

      n/a

    Label claims

    • Contain rinse aid

      No

    • Septic safe

      No

    • Phosphate free

      Yes

    • Cruelty free

      No

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